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Tai Chi Helps To Combat Stress

This is the second time that Tai Chi has featured on this site. This article explains how Tai Chi helps to combat stress. Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese exercise, is a method of meditation in motion due to its constant and peaceful movements which connect the body with the mind. Through the focus of transitioning each body part movement to the next, your mind is trained to focus on each present movement. This in turn helps to achieve a relaxed state by connecting the mind with the body. Here is how Tai Chi helps to act as a stress Buster.

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Tai chi brings the mind and body together. When engaging in this exercise, you must have complete focus on your movements and breathing. Focusing on the present creates a meditative state that promotes calmness and relaxation. When you find that your mind is wandering, simply catch yourself and focus once again at the present moment.

Unfortunately, the long-term benefits of tai chi have not been studies. But preliminary research has shown that tai chi does improve one’s health. It is known to lower blood pressure, improve balance, alleviate depression, relieve chronic pain and increase energy.

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Now you know that Tai Chi helps to combat stress and improve the brain, will you be giving it a shot or recommending it to those who you know are stressed? If you read the whole article you’ll have seen that there are two forms which are more suited to the elderly, Yang Tai Chi and Wu Tai Chi, and one more form called Chen tai chi that is geared towards those who are more physically fit.


Tai Chi Can Help You Focus?

According to recent research, it has been proven that Tai Chi, practiced three times a week can lead to improved memory and thinking. If this is so, can we deduce that Tai Chi can help you focus? I’d say so. Not only that, but previous research has found that Tai Chi can help reduce stress, improve balance in the elderly and fend off high blood pressure, thus helping those who suffer from heart disease. Scientists have known for some time that aerobic exercise helps with brain development and growth but this is the first time that a non-aerobic exercise has been proven to have similar effects.

Tai Chi Can Help You FocusFindings also revealed the group who did not participate in Tai Chi showed brain shrinkage over the eight months – consistent with what generally has been observed for elderly people in their 60s and 70s.

The research suggests forms of exercise like Tai Chi, that include an important mental health exercise component, are associated with increased production of brain growth factors like aerobic exercise.

Dr James Mortimer, of the University of South Florida, said: “If this is shown, then it would provide strong support to the concept of ‘use it or lose it’ and encourage seniors to stay actively involved both intellectually and physically.

“The ability to reverse this trend with physical exercise and increased mental activity implies that it may be possible to delay the onset of dementia in older persons through interventions that have many physical and mental health benefits.

“Epidemiologic studies have shown repeatedly that individuals who engage in more physical exercise or are more socially active have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

“The current findings suggest that this may be a result of growth and preservation of critical regions of the brain affected by this illness.”

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I’d say it’s pretty clear that Tai Chi can help you focus. As Tai Chi is a version of meditation, it could be that it’s the meditative aspect of it which helps with brain development, rather than the slow exercise that it entails. We’ve seen on this site that meditation can help to improve the wiring of your brain, and thus brain development, so it comes as little surprise that Tai Chi can have similar results. Check out previous posts on meditation here.